- the key on a typewriter that moves the head one position backwards
verb (backspac, ing)
- (computing) a keyboard key used for removing a character behind the cursor, and moving the cursor one position backwards
- (computing) to remove a character behind a cursor
- (computing) to move a magnetic tape to a previous block
- A strip of material wrapped around things to hold them together.
- A strip along the spine of a book where the pages are attached.
- A group of musicians, especially (a) wind and percussion players, or (b) rock musicians.
- A type of orchestra originally playing janissary music; i.e. marching band.
- A group of people loosely united for a common purpose (a band of thieves).
- (physics) A part of radio spectrum.
- (physics) A group of energy levels in a solid state material. Valence band, conduction band.
- (Canadian English) A group of aboriginals that has official recognition as an organized unit by the federal government of Canada.
- (intransitive) To group together for a common purpose.
- To fasten together with a band.
- (ornithology) To fasten an identifying band around (a bird's) leg.
- (complang): A family of third-generation computer programming languages (c.1964 on).
- Many programs were written for the Sinclair Spectrum computer in .
- Binary Coded Decimal
- a standard by which something is evaluated or measured
- a surveyor's mark made on some stationary object and shown on a map; used as a reference point
- To measure the performance of an item relative to another similar item in an impartial scientific manner
- A code that uses the binary digits (0 and 1), usually in groups of eight to represent characters, machine instructions or other data
- A piece of metal placed in a horse's mouth and connected to reins to direct the animal.
- A rotary cutting tool fitted to a drill, used to make holes.
- An eighth of a dollar. Note that there is no coin minted worth 12.5 cents.
- A quarter is two bits.
- (context, dated, UK) A coin of a specified value.
- A threepenny .
- A small piece of something.
- There were bits of paper all over the floor.
- A portion of something.
- I'd like a big of cake, please.
- (slang) A prison sentence.
- An excerpt of material from a stand-up comedian's repertoire.
- (simple past of, bite)
- Your dog me!
- To a small extent; in a small amount (usually with "a").
- That's a too sweet.
- A substantial, often approximately cuboid, piece of any substance.
- A of ice.
- A of stone.
- A cuboid of wood, plastic or other material used as a base on which to cut something.
- Anne Boleyn placed her head on the and awaited her execution.
- A group of urban lots of property, several acres in extent, not crossed by public streets
- I'm going for a walk around the .
- A group of buildings in a city or town, demarcated by streets.
- A of flats.
- The distance from one street to another in a city that is built (approximately) to a grid pattern.
- The place you are looking for is two long blocks east and one short north.
- (slang) The human head.
- I'll knock your off.
- A set of sheets (of paper) joined together at one end.
- A of 100 tickets.
- (computing) A logical data storage unit containing one ore more physical sector, sectors (see cluster).
- (context, rigging) A case with one or more sheaves/pulleys, used with ropes to increase or redirect force, for example, as part of the rigging of a sailing ship.
- (chemistry) A portion of a macromolecule, comprising many units, that has at least one feature not present in adjacent portions.
- Something that prevents something from passing (see blockage).
- There's a in the pipe that means the water can't get through.
- (sports) An action to interfere with the movement of an opposing player or of the object of play (ball, puck).
- (Cricket) A shot played by holding he bat vertically in the path of the ball, so that it loses momentum and drops to the ground.
- (volleyball) A defensive play by one or more players meant to deflect a spiked ball back to the hitter"s court.
- (transitive) To fill (something) so that it is not possible to pass.
- The pipe is blocked.
- (transitive) To prevent (something or someone) from passing.
- You're blocking the road - I can't get through.
- (transitive) To prevent (something from happening or someone from doing something).
- His plan to take over the business was blocked by the boss.
- (transitive) The act of impeding an opponent in sports.
- He blocked the basketball player's shot.
- The offensive lineman, offensive linemen tried to the blitz.
- (transitive, theater) To specify the positions and movements of the actors.
- It was very difficult to this scene convincingly.
- (transitive, Cricket) To hit with a block.
- (intransitive, Cricket) To play a block shot.
- (informal) The atomic bomb; the capacity to launch a nuclear attack. Often used with "the".
- Pakistan and India both have the now.
verb (bootstrap, p, ed)
- A loop of leather or other material sewn at the side or top rear of a boot to help in pulling the boot on.
- (computing) The process by which the operating system of a computer is loaded into its memory
- (computing) The process necessary to compile the tools that will be used to compile the rest of the system or program.
- (computing) to load the operating system into the memory of a computer. Usually shortened to boot. (see pull oneself up by one's bootstraps)
- (computing) To compile the tools that will be used to compile the rest of the system or program.
- Bootstrapping means building the GNU C Library, GNU Compiler Collection and several other key system programs.http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook-x86.xml?part=1&chap=6
- The woody part of a tree arising from the trunk and usually dividing
- Something that divides like the branch of a tree
- A location of an organization with several locations.
verb (branch, es)
- Our main branch is downtown, and we have branches in all major suburbs.
- (context, Mormonism) A subdivision of the LDS Church, smaller than and part of a stake, but smaller than a ward.
- An area in business or of knowledge, research
- (nautical) The certificate given by Trinity House to a pilot qualified to take navigational control of a ship in British waters
- (context, intransitive) To arise from the trunk or a larger branch of a tree.
- (context, intransitive) To produce branches.
- (context, intransitive, computing) To jump to a different location in a program, especially as the result of a conditional statement.
- A person or animal who browses.
- A person who, while shopping, purchases nothing.
- (computing): A software component capable of rendering HTML pages and allowing for navigation of HTML links, for example on the Internet.
- A person using a browser in the sense of 3.
- Someone or something that buffs.
- (chemistry) A solution used to stabilize the pH (acidity) of a liquid.
- (computing) A portion of memory set aside to store data, often before it is sent to an external device or as it is received from an external device.
- (mechanical) Anything used to maintain slack or isolate different objects.
- (telecommunications) A routine or storage medium used to compensate for a difference in rate of flow of data, or time of occurrence of events, when transferring data from one device to another.
- An isolating circuit, often an amplifier, used to minimize the influence of a driven circuit on the driving circuit.
- In international relations, a buffer zone (such as a demilitarized zone) or a buffer state.
- To use a buffer or buffers; to isolate or minimize the effects of one thing on another.
- (computing) To store data in memory temporarily.
- a board on which messages may be posted, especially one in a public space
- (computing) a system in which users may send, read and reply to messages of interest to no particular person; an electronic bulletin board
noun (pl=buses, pl2=busses)
verb (busses or buses, bussing or busing, bussed or bused)
- (context, automotive, vehicle) A motor vehicle for transporting large numbers of people along roads.
- An electrical conductor serving as a common connection for two or more circuits.
- (context, transitive, automotive, transport) To transport via a motor bus.
- (context, transitive, automotive, transport) To transport students to school, often to achieve racial integration.
- (context, intransitive, automotive, transport) To travel by bus.
- (computing) A (computer) network topology in which the nodes are all connected at different points to a line called a bus.
- A knob or disc that is passed through a slit (buttonhole) in the adjacent material, serving as a fastener.
- April fastened the buttons of her overcoat to keep out the wind.
- A mechanical device meant to be pressed with a finger in order to open or close an electric circuit or to activate a mechanism.
- Pat pushed the marked "shred" on the blender.
- (computing) In computer software, an on-screen control that can be selected as an activator of an attached function.
- Click the that looks like a house to return to your browser's home page.
- A badge worn on clothes, fixed with a pin through the fabric.
- The politician wore a bright yellow with the slogan "Vote Smart" emblazoned on it.
- (botany) A bud.
- (slang) The clitoris.
- (curling) The center (bullseye) of the house.
- (fencing) The soft circular tip at the end of a foil.
- (poker) A plastic disk used to represent the person in last position in a poker game; also dealer's .
- (poker) The player who is last to act, who possesses the button.
- (transitive) To fasten with a button.
- A sequence of adjacent bits, almost always eight, operated on as a unit by a computer; can represent an integer from 0 to 255, a pair of hexadecimal digits each from 0 to F, a pair of packed decimal digits each from 0 to 9, a packed decimal digit and a sign or a single character
- The word "hello" fits into 5 bytes of ASCII code.